Created By: Tacitus on September 30, 2009

Dying Moment of Awesome

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Here's a tip: if you really must kill a character, make sure it is their Crowning Moment of Awesome. The instant where the readership looks at that character and says "Oh, that is the most badass thing I have ever seen!"

To put it simply, when a character's Crowning Moment of Awesome is also their last. Though the plot may say that they have to die, the writer honors the character enough to not take them down like a nameless mook, but instead make their death something to be proud of. They don't run, they don't cry. They die standing, and they go down swinging.

The polar opposite of Dropped a Bridge on Him, the Dying Moment of Awesome is a supertrope for:

If done well, this can be a real Tear Jerker. It can be undermined somewhat if the character later gets better, but eh, what'cha gonna do...
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